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Simple tips for happy pets. #GetHappyHealthy

babybackyard copyWhile regular vet visits and proper nutrition are the foundation, your pet’s mental well being is just as important! Luckily keeping your pet happy can be a lot of fun for both of you. Today we are talking about the special extras. You know, the little things that can really make a difference. It doesn’t take much to pamper your pet!

Here are our top 3 ways to give your pet the little extras that make a big impact! Be sure to read to the end of the article too, Hill’s is giving away dog and cat “little extras” bundles.

dogtreats1. Special Treats. Everyone loves a treat now and then, and pets are no exception!

Baby tends to like fruit flavored treats more than meat flavored treats. Learn your pet’s preference so you can make treat time even more special.

Of course when giving treats it is important to know the right amount to give so your pet will stay healthy and happy. Hill’s has a handy guide for using treats wisely, including how to pick the best treats for your pet.

2. Play time. Play is a great way to bond with your pet. It’s also a wonderful way for your pet to exercise both mind and body! There are even treat dispensing toys to help motivate play! Toys that squeak or have bells provide added stimulation, and will get your pet’s attention. You can even help keep your pet from becoming bored by rotating toys and not putting them all out at once. Baby always loves to discover “old friends” now and then.

Play time doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive. One of Baby’s favorite “toys” is a sock. She enjoys playing tug of war with it, chasing it like a ball, and even just playing with it on her own. She also has a favorite ball that keeps her busy and happy. Just be sure to avoid toys that are too small or have small parts that can come off and be swallowed by your pet.

Baby's favorite ball.

3. Grooming Time! Grooming isn’t just about keeping your pet’s coat healthy and tangle free. It’s a great time to bond with each other. Starting a grooming routine early will help your dog get used to, and start to enjoy, being brushed.

But grooming can be about more than just brushing your dog’s coat! You can also have fun with little extras like a fancy collar with a matching leash, or even outfits if your dog likes dressing up.

Win a Little Extras prize pack from Hill’s for your cat or dog
To celebrate little extras, Hill’s is providing a special giveaway. Two readers will win a dog OR cat “Little Extras Bundle”. Here is what’s included in the prize packages:

For dogs:

Stainless steel dog bowl
A bag of Hill’s Science Diet Dental Chews
A bag of Hill’s Science Diet dog treats
Healthier Pets, Happier Lives tote bag

For cats:

Stainless steel cat bowl
Laser pointer toy
Eight micro cans of Hill’s Science Diet Grain Free entrees
Healthier Pets, Happier Lives tote bag

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In addition to the little extras bundles, Hill’s is also offering a $10 off promotion on select Hill’s Science Diet products. Check out www.ScienceDiet.com/GetHealthyHappy to download your rebate today!

And, if you have questions or need advice about any little extra that you’d like to give your pet, visit your veterinarian. Don’t forget about the chance to win $100 towards your next vet checkup from Hill’s Science Diet!

This post is sponsored by Hill’s and the Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s Science Diet Perfect Weight Food, but 4 The Love of Animals only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

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It’s Deaf Dog Awareness Week

Did you know that it is Deaf Dog Awareness Week? Did you also know that Dalmatians are most likely to be deaf, in fact 30% of Dalmatians are born deaf in either one or both ears.

Today we would like to introduce you to TN Safety Spotters! This group is made up of rescues that are trained with American Sign Language and hand commands. They are then trained to become registered therapy dogs.

I didn’t know this, but the Dalmatian Club of American mandates euthanasia of all deaf pups. How truly sad. Luckily Safety Spotters is working hard to set an example of what they are capable of IF given a chance. They have changed the minds of many Dalmatian breeders and hope to continue with this difficult task.

Deaf Dalmatians can do anything hearing ones can except hear with their ears! They hear with their hearts!

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Felt Dogs (aka the cutest book ever).

Felt DogsFelt Dogs is an adorable craft book that teaches you how to make little dogs from felt. The book is packed full of different breeds to delight any dog lover.

The book teaches a technique called needle felting. There is a list of all the tools and supplies that you will need to make cute dogs. I also loved the step by step photos in the book, which makes it easy for beginners or experts to follow.

And of course, the book is full of such darling photos it’s easy to forget that the book is about crafting. I’ve spent plenty of time just looking at the photos and dreaming about making the cute little dogs.

Sadly I could not find any proper felt (at least not locally). I’m dying to try my hand at making a dog or two, so I’m not giving up. Since I can’t show you one that I have made just yet, be sure to have a look at this fun felt dog making night they had at Chronicle Books!

FeltDogs_3bAren’t they just too cute?

Disclosure: I received a copy of Felt Dogs in exchange for my review.

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How Pets Can Improve Your Health

Peaceful coexistenceExpert cites scientifically-proven therapeutic, physical and emotional health benefits of loving and caring for a pet

Pet ownership runs far deeper than simply caring for a possession. Yes, the sheer responsibility of caring for a pet has notable benefits in and of itself. But, pets also become bona fide family members with which we establish genuine relationships—incomparable emotional bonds that can have extraordinarily positive physical and psychological impacts on humans.

Below, Paul Mann, Founder and CEO of FETCH! Pet Care, spotlights many of the well-proven therapeutic and health benefits of pets, as reported on www.HelpGuide.org:

  • The average domestic pet, such as a dog, cat—even a goldfish—can provide many therapeutic and health benefits. Pets can ease loneliness, reduce stress, promote social interaction, encourage exercise and playfulness, and provide unconditional love and affection. Caring for a pet may even help you live longer.
  • The American Heart Association has linked the ownership of pets, especially dogs, with a reduced risk for heart disease and greater longevity.

Studies have also found that:

  • Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets.
  • People with pets have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets.
  • Playing with a pet can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax.
  • Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels (indicators of heart disease) than those without pets.

While people with dogs often experience the greatest health benefits, a pet doesn’t necessarily have to be a dog or a cat. Even watching fish in an aquarium can help reduce muscle tension and lower pulse rate.

For children, pets provide many emotional and physical benefits, including:

  • Children who grow up with pets not only have less risk of allergies and asthma.
  • Many also learn responsibility, compassion, and empathy from having pets.
  • The mere presence of pets at home can help provide a sense of security in children. Having an ever-present dog or cat, for example, can help ease separation anxiety in children when mom and dad aren’t around.
  • Studies have also shown that pets can help calm hyperactive or overly aggressive kids.
  • Playing with a pet can even be a doorway to learning for a child. It can stimulate a child’s imagination and curiosity. The rewards of training a dog to perform a new trick, for example, can teach kids the importance of perseverance.

For older individuals, pets can play an important role in healthy aging by:

 

  • Helping you find meaning and joy in life. As you age, you’ll lose things that previously occupied your time and gave your life purpose. You may retire from your career or your children may move far away. Caring for a pet can bring pleasure and help boost your morale and optimism. Taking care of an animal can also provide a sense of self-worth. Choosing to adopt an animal from a shelter, especially an older dog or cat, can add to the sense of fulfillment, knowing that you’ve provided a home to a pet that may otherwise have been euthanized.
  • Staying connected. Maintaining a social network isn’t always easy as you grow older. Retirement, illness, death, and moves can take away close friends and family members. And making new friends can get harder. Dogs especially are a great way for seniors to spark up conversations and meet new people.
  • Boosting vitality. You can overcome many of the physical challenges associated with aging by taking good care of yourself. Pets encourage playfulness, laughter, and exercise, which can help boost your immune system and increase your energy.

“With such a vast number of benefits associated with pet ownership, how wonderful it would be for every home in America to have a domestic animal to take care of and love…and to be loved by,” notes Mann. “While schedules can make it difficult for some to bear the responsibility of a pet, resources such as professional in-home pet walkers and sitters are available to ensure Fido and Felix not only receive food, water and outdoor time, but also love, affection and even physical fitness when the owner is away for extended periods. Such services make it feasible for individuals and families to own pets, and enjoy the copious physical and emotional benefits related thereto, when they otherwise could not.”

Source:
http://www.helpguide.org/life/pets.htm
Authors Lawrence Robinson, Jeanne Segal, Ph.D.

Paul Mann is the Founder and CEO of Fetch! Pet Care—the nation’s largest and most trusted franchisor for professional pet sitting, dog walking, and pet fitness/exercise services—serving thousands of pets and pet parents throughout the United States from coast to coast. He may be reached online at: www.FetchPetCare.com.

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